Stand Firm

Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze

Author: Svend Brinkman

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9781509514250

Category: Social Science

Page: 152

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The pace of modern life is accelerating. To keep up, we must keep on moving and adapting - constantly striving for greater happiness and success. Or so we are told. But the demands of life in the fast lane come at a price: stress, fatigue and depression are at an all-time high while our social interactions have become increasingly self-serving and opportunistic. How can we resist today?s obsession with introspection and self-improvement? In this witty and bestselling book, Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann argues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and ?stand firm?. The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner-self but in coming to terms with yourself in order to co-exist peacefully with others. By encouraging us to stand firm and get a foothold in life, this insightful anti-self-help guide offers a sobering and realistic alternative to life-coaching, positive thinking and the need always to say ?yes!?
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Self-Evaluation And Psychotherapy In The Market System

Author: Kalman Glantz,J. Gary Bernhard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351124943

Category: Psychology

Page: 106

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Self-Evaluation and Psychotherapy in the Market System examines the ways in which the competitive, hierarchical nature of today’s market system contributes to the issues that many clients bring to therapy. Instead of seeing a lack of self-esteem as the root of clients’ problems, Glantz and Bernhard argue that self-evaluation—the struggle to achieve a high opinion of self—exacerbated by the market system, leads to stress and endless self-involvement. Beginning with an explanation of the connection between the market system and self-evaluation, this volume then goes on to describe an approach to therapeutic treatment designed to free clients from the negative effects of the market system by moving away from self-evaluation altogether. This is a must-read for therapists looking for a new approach to treating clients left questioning their place in a society that encourages competition and self-involvement.
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Critical Happiness Studies

Author: Nicholas Hill,Svend Brinkmann,Anders Petersen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351397044

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

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This volume draws together the work of a diverse range of thinkers and researchers to address the question of happiness critically, using a wide variety of theoretical and empirical methodologies. Broadening the discussion beyond what might be considered highly individual and insular conceptualizations of happiness, often based on purely positivist approaches to the subject, authors raise questions about the nature of individual and collective anxieties that might underpin the current emphasis on happiness and the ideological or governmental ends that may be served by the framing of happiness in psychology and economics. With attention to how individuals understand and pursue happiness in their daily lives, Critical Happiness Studies highlights different theoretical paradigms that demonstrate the role of power in producing specific conceptualizations of happiness and, consequently, how they frame individual self-understanding or subjectivities and (re)shape political problems. The collection makes available critical, theoretical, and methodological resources for addressing a powerful set of cultural, political, and scientific discourses that have loomed large since the closing decade of the 20th century. A call for the establishment of a body of work in critical happiness studies, this book will appeal to scholars across the social sciences and humanities interested in the age-old problem of happiness.
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Leadership Development

A Complexity Approach

Author: Kevin Flinn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317390652

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

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Drawing on the complexity sciences and personal narrative accounts of experience from practitioners based in the UK, Germany, Denmark and North America, this book examines conventional leadership development methodologies with a view to identifying what is useful and what is not. It proffers an alternative perspective on leadership and organisation for business schools, consultancies and corporate training functions to adopt in their development of leaders. Leadership Development: A Complexity Approach is essential reading for advanced students and researchers of leadership development, leadership studies, human resource management and organisational development. It will also be of interest to management educators and practising managers whose experience of, or aspirations for, working life are not represented in mainstream academic texts and popular management literature.
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Being!: Five Ways Of Leading Authentically In An Iconnected World

Author: Murthy Vikram,Murthy Aasha

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9813237104

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 528

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Being! Five ways of leading authentically in an iConnected world is rooted in leadership practice across many sectors and its raison d'etre is to build adaptiveness and resilience in uncertain times. It is credentialed by leaders who have honed their personal effectiveness, grown spiritually and become more effective and impactful, because of their engagement with its content.It channels wisdom at the intersection of many disciplines and multiple world views to provide deeper insight and meaning to the leadership dilemmas and choices that you constantly face. It integrates both western leadership-thinking with its more evidence-based, cognitive approaches, and eastern philosophy with its more 'mystical' and spiritually-oriented homilies, into a rich tapestry that engages your attention, challenges your capabilities, and leaves you richer and more fulfilled for the effort.
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Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary China

Author: Linda Wong,Stewart MacPherson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 253

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Since Mao's demise, China has embraced economic modernization with a vengeance. The stunning growth that followed the reforms and the effects on her political institutions has captured world attention. Nevertheless, there has been a dearth of studies on social change and social policy in this period of rapid transition. This text scrutinizes the social change process and the reform challenge, assesses the social policy responses, and analyzes key policy issues affecting China's 1.2 billion people. It not only offers an indepth dissection of the subject, but also draws out salient points in the policy and development debates and places the Chinese experience in a comparitive perspective. All the contributors are academics from Hong Kong who have drawn upon many years of research in China and skills of social policy analysis to offer a unique review of social developments in the world's number three economic power.
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